Wednesday, November 24, 2010

City Island - A sweet little Indie!

Saturday night I curled up with a great dinner and a glass of wine and watched my latest Netflix movie, City Island.   I had been hearing good buzz about this little indie for a while now.  It made a very decent showing after its release, with some good legs to carry it over for several months.   Now I know why.

I recommend it to those of you who want to enjoy some good acting and a well written story featuring some great characters, all members of the Rizzo family.

Bent on living their lives and each holding a secret that pulls them apart and makes them feel at odds with each other, it is a sweet, feisty little tale with wonderful performances by Andy Garcia (Vince) and Julianna Margulies (Joyce) as the parents, Steven Strait as Tony Nardella, the prison inmate brought home by Corrections Officer, Vince,  Dominik Garcia-Lorido (a Garcia progeny), playing the daughter who is supposed to be in college, and  Ezra Miller, as Vince Jr., the son with some interesting, but secretive appetites.

Alan Arkin has a small role as Vince's acting coach and the luminous Emily Mortimer is Molly,  someone Vince meets in acting class who has her own secrets, but ultimately helps Vince come to grips with his secret desires and thereby transforms all the Rizzos.
City Island

Directed by Raymond De Felitta, this movie portrays a lovely little slice of life and an affectionate look at a dysfunctional, but entertaining family, living in a place called City Island, which is a little island in the Bronx.    Yes, that Bronx.

Who knew such a place existed?

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